Jan 06 2009
The Holiday Season is over, the anticipation, the excitement, the planning the preparation, the food, the shopping, the gift wrapping, the parades and parties are all over. With the end of another year and the inevitable post Holiday quiet, it’s time to think back on the year that was 2008.
2008 in reflection was a memorable year. Unfortunately not everything memorable is something positive. The economy is still in a lingering recession, prices continue to rise, budgets have to be trimmed, lay offs, cut backs, business closings and unemployment continues to soar. However, at the moment, there is something besides snow and cold in the air, there is also hope.
We are only a few weeks away from the inauguration of our newly elected President, and just like the November election, the excitement surrounding this historic inaugural event continues to grow and grow. People all over the United States, and the entire world, are going to be listening and watching on January 20, 2009, and while they are watching, they are going to be hoping–hoping for a change, hoping for a plan, hoping for peace, hoping for employment, hoping for improvement, hoping for a reason to have hope for 2009.
President Obama has his work cut out for him, and a full plate starting on day one, but we as Americans can do our share during this crisis, and do more than just hope. We can let the excitement and involvement we experienced during the general election continue and grow. We can join together as a nation and present a unified front against the problems we now face. This may involve re-thinking the way we do things, this may involve a willingness to open our minds and hearts and show that we are in fact ready for a change. So as we move into and through 2009, I hope that you along with me will be ready to face the challenges that will confront us and that we will work towards common goals and achieve them together.